About David Datuna

David Datuna: Moving Image

David Datuna’s mixed media sculptures have received critical acclaim on three continents. Merging elements of conceptual and pop art with his graceful signature effect of cascading optical lenses, the artist has created a thoughtful and visionary body of work. The mosaic of lenses creates a provocative metaphor for varying viewpoints and perspectives.

Datuna’s interpretations of familiar imagery conjure an echo of meaning for all of us. He skillfully plays out the constructive element of lenses and glasses. At first glance, they are a graceful surface layer, both sculptural and conceptual. Layered over the top of all his works, they simultaneously glisten and beckon. Their reflective character might form a boundary, but it is the artist’s device to invite inspection. The lenses are the intersection of our relationship with his works. Their prismatic effects render a manual for observation, the artist nudging us to one viewpoint, then another. Each different magnification allows a different point of view toward the same image or subject. In Datuna’s world, the lenses symbolically represent personalities, illusions, perception, fragmentation and finally, unity.

The artist remains an observer, and his thematic elements are elements of shared experience; what he has done is frame the viewer’s experience, at once clarifying and obscuring what we see beyond the image.

A native of the Republic of Georgia, David Datuna now lives and maintains a studio in New York. His work has been exhibited extensively, including shows in Europe, Russia, China and the United States. His recent project, Viewpoint of Billions, shown at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in February drew 23,000 visitors, the largest crowd the museum has seen for a show in more than three decades. Viewpoint of Billions was also the first contemporary artwork to integrate the wearable computer Google Glass, creating a rich interactive experience.

Birnam Wood Galleries has shown his work in solo exhibitions in 2012 and 2014, and as part of a group show in 2013. 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2014 Elements, Birnam Wood Galleries, New York, NY
2014 Viewpoint of Billions: Portrait of America, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
2013 Viewpoint of Billions: Portrait of America, Lincoln Center, New York.
2013 Viewpoint of Billions: Portrait of America, New World Symphony, SIME Conference, Miami Beach, FL
2013 Eye to Eye, Shchukin Gallery, Moscow
2013 Beauty and Power, Shchukin Gallery, Paris
2012 Emblem and Image, Birnam Wood Galleries, New York, NY
2011 Viewpoints of Millions, Westwood Gallery, New York, NY
2008 789 Avant Gallery, New York, NY


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2013 Structures, Birnam Wood Galleries, New York, NY
2012 Politics, Peace and Passion, Long-Sharp Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
2010 Arsenal Museum, Kiev, Ukraine
2009 Mironova Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine
2008 Manege, Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia
2006 789 Avant Gallery, New York, NY
2005 Na Kuznetskom Mostu, Central Exhibit Hall, Moscow, Russia
2004 Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia

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